Created: 17 Dec 2009 12:18
Updated: 03 Oct 2012 18:08
Join the Little Ship Club as skipper or crew

Established in 1926, the Little Ship Club has a long tradition and a unique location on the North bank of the River Thames in the heart of the City of London.

The modern clubhouse is the base for the Club's shore-based activities, including a highly-regarded RYA training programme and many social events. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is our President. Find out more about membership fees here.

The Club has always had two main objectives, social and educational. It provides those with a love of the sea and boats, both sail and power, with a place where they can meet congenial spirits and exchange ideas, and it also gives members the opportunity to learn navigation, seamanship and other skills.

Our members

Club members are a diverse, international group but all share a common passion: a love of the sea and sailing and actively get together on the water for cruising, rallies and racing. These take place mainly on the East and South Coasts of the UK with some members taking part in long-distance cruising to warmer (and colder) waters.

New members are always welcome, the main requirement being an interest in sailing or other types of boating. Non-boating members are welcome too as the Clubhouse location is perfect for those wanting to hold business meetings, socialise and entertain in the City.


The Club offers all the shore-based RYA training courses.

Club night

Tuesday night is the Club night when we have a published programme of lectures, talks or slide shows and afterwards a meal is available at a reasonable price. There will always be a new member's officer on duty, do join him or her if you are by yourself, or want advice, they will be only too pleased to speak to you.


There are regular events to join during the season from April to October. Those who don't want to hang up their oilies for the winter can take part in the monthly fast-cruise series from October to March on the Solent.

We do our best to help new members to get on the water by encouraging new members to link up with the Skippers and Crew team via the website, or to meet fellows sailors on a Tuesday Club night and to help match skippers and crew for weekend sailing and longer rallies.

The Club hosts an active web site where members can see a complete calendar of club events, read club and sailing news and read accounts of rallies. Members can also keep blogs. Skippers & crew can post requests for people to sail with on the Noticeboard feature and members can keep sailing pages of their own with details of their sailing and/or boat.

Members receive an email newsletter every 3 weeks with details of new and updated information on the site. The LSC is justly proud of its website and considers it a fitting tool for keeping members in touch with the Club and with one another however infrequently they can get to the Clubroom.